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One of the most recommended sewing machines on the market, the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW is a mid-range model designed to enhance your sewing experience and help you complete your project in a mere matter of days. This particular model is priced between $300 and $500, and is certainly worth every cent. Indeed, despite its affordable price, the PC420PRW is suitable for both beginners and more advanced users. It’s boasts of an impressive 129 built-in stitch designs and it even comes with 3 lettering fonts, which makes it appropriate for monogramming too.
Inexperienced users will be glad to learn that the PC420PRW also includes a detailed and fully illustrated instructions manual to help you find your way around the machine. In fact, the boxed packaging even includes a hard shell carrying case designed to help you move it around, so you’ll be able to take it to your sewing classes.
Thanks to this machine, sewers will also be able to work on their quilting projects since it allows for free motion quilting. In fact, thanks to this handy feature, this particular model is one of the best sewing machines for quilting on the market.
In spite of its numerous advantages, however, the machine does hold just a few drawbacks to its name. For instance, one user complained about the tension setting, which she found to be too unpredictable. By this token, the customer was unable to use delicate fabrics on this machine. Because it is computerized, a few users also stated that they found it difficult to navigate through the various features.
However, other than these few downsides, the Brother PC420PRW was generally well-received and includes a variety of feature that will make your sewing session much more enjoyable and entertaining.
Size and Weight: 4/5
At 17 pounds, this is certainly not the lightest machine on the market. However, thanks to its helpuful carrying case, you’ll still be able to take it to sewing class. Thanks to measuring 17.3 x 7.9 x 11.4 inches, the machine can fit just about any standard table.
On the plus side, however, its weight is ideal for longer sewing session since it remains completely stable on just about any desk or surface. This ensures even and constant stitches.
Ease of Use: 4/5
While beginners may be initially confused by the computerized functions, most of them quickly get the hang of it after just a few days. Indeed, this machine is entirely built to simplify your projects and even includes a switch-stitch function that will help you make the most out of the machine’s different stitch designs. A feature that elderly users will particularly appreciate is the automatic needle threader: instead of fumbling with the thread, you simply have to push down on the lever and the thread will automatically be inched through the eye of the needle.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
The Project Runway PC420PRW is designed to take all the hard and fiddly work off your hands, leaving you free to give free rein to your imagination. For example, it comes with up to 129 stitch designs, including 31 decorative stitches such as scrolls, hearts, vines, smocking, heirloom stitches, scallop and shell tuck. The twin needle feature will help you finish your sewing in half the time. The knee lifter can also prove to be quite helpful for quilting projects.
This computerized machine is quite versatile and can very easily be used for a wide range of purposes. For example, thanks to its free motion feature it can also be used for quilting projects. Quite a few users have also utilized this machine for embroidery, thanks to the multitude of built-in stitches that accompany it and to the 3 alphabet fonts for monogramming.
Its bright working area will help you sew at night and dimmer weathers. In fact, the lighting feature on this particular machine has been widely praised by most customers. Another feature that is completely unique to this machine is the My Custom Stitch feature: with this particular tool, sewers can design their own stitches and save them to the machine’s in-built memory. This will help you easily personalize your work and add special touches to bathrobes, napkins, towels, cushion covers and other such items.
This sewing machine can deliver an impressive speed of 850 stitches per minute. Thanks to its exceptional feeder system, you can be sure that you won’t be subjected to snags during the sewing process.
If you don’t mind spending just a little bit more, the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW is absolutely worth the purchase. Admittedly, it doesn’t come with as many stitch designs as the similarly-priced Laura Ashley CX155LA, but it does come with a sturdier build, thus your sewing will be more stable. Extremely versatile, it features a metal frame construction that can very easily sustain wear and tear. The surface is also scratch-resistant.
- Sew & Quilt: Yes
- Computerized: Yes
- Built-in Stitches: 129
- Stitches per Minute: 850
- Lettering Fonts: 3
- Wide Table: No
- Auto Needle Threader: Yes
- Weight: 17 lbs
- Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17″
- Warranty: 25-year Limited